Proper brushing, flossing combined with regular dentist visits in Charleston offer powerful disease prevention
Brushing and flossing are the foundations of good dental care. When combined with consistent examinations and professional cleanings at your dentist in Charleston, Dr. Andrew Greenberg, you have a powerful antidote to the many common dental conditions that can threaten your oral and overall health. These conditions include:
- Tooth decay
- Gum disease or gingivitis
- Advanced gum disease or periodontitis
- Tooth infections (abscesses)
To brush effectively, technique matters. It’s important to brush at least two times per day. Resist the temptation to take shortcuts during your busy day. Brush for at least two minutes each time. It is important to brush the gumline and tongue. Plaque can build up on these areas, too.
You can’t brush properly without a good tool. A too-stiff toothbrush can actually damage your gums. You shouldn’t struggle to accommodate the brush. If you have a small mouth, you may need a smaller brush. If you’ve had the brush for three months or if the bristles appear worn, it’s time to get a new toothbrush.
Researchers have reportedly found 1,000s of microbes grow on toothbrush bristles. While many of these microorganisms are not harmful, others cause cold sores, cold and flu viruses, and even the bacteria responsible for periodontal infections.
One of the best things you can do for your mouth and your health is to regularly floss, yet far too many times even diligent brushers skip flossing. You need to floss at least once a day. Flossing helps to remove bacteria and food debris in areas that can’t easily be reached by a toothbrush, including under the gumline and between the teeth. Floss in-between the teeth and on either side of the space between teeth. You don’t have to floss aggressively to get the job done. Flossing too forcefully can cause damage to delicate tissues.
The professionals at Mouth Carolina Dentistry have the tools to remove plaque that has hardened. This tartar can’t be effectively removed with a toothbrush, flossing, or other home care. Dr. Greenberg and his team can suggest products and recommendations for at-home care, during the times between appointments at the Charleston office.Back to Dental Library Page